Now in its sixth year, Women’s Venture Summit, formerly Hera Venture Summit, is San Diego’s female-focused summit helping women get to even 

SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2019) – On Saturday, Sept. 14, Stella Labs will host Women’s Venture Summit, a summit focused on activating female investors and improving access to capital for female founders. To date, the summit has helped women raise $4 million in seed capital. Returning to University of San Diego for its sixth year, the summit will take place at 5998 Alcala Park in San Diego from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Keynote speakers including Kim Perell, entrepreneur, author, tech CEO and angel investor, and Jasmine Crowe, founder of tech-enabled food waste management company Goodr, will discuss best practices for investing in and starting woman-run businesses. 

“Women’s Venture Summit is focused on getting women to even,” says Dr. Silvia Mah, founder of the summit. “We’re striving for equal representation of women and minorities starting companies and getting funded, and this summit moves that mission forward.”

The one-day intensive summit will include:

  • Entrepreneur track and angel track sessions throughout the day
  • A gamified pitch contest where qualified startups from across the U.S. will compete to win prizes. Startups who wish to be considered must first compete at Stella Labs Fast Pitch taking place on Aug. 28. For details and to apply now, visit
  • An expo hall showcasing local women-led businesses and products
  • An optional pre-summit day for accredited investors

Women’s Venture Summit is organized by Stella Labs, with support from partners like Qualcomm Ventures, Sony Innovation and University of San Diego School of Business. The early-bird ticket rate is $99 for founders and $149 for investors, with prices going up starting on Aug. 1. Please register at

About Stella Labs:

Formerly Hera Labs, the female-focused business accelerator equips entrepreneurs through intensive workshops to launch, grow and sustain profitable businesses. Interactive labs, strategy sessions, female-founder intensives and accountability groups offer sustained support that allows women-led businesses to flourish. For more information, please visit

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